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Fall of Apartheid Served as Opportunity to Unify a City

December 11, 2017

For church leaders looking for inspirational role models, South African Alan Platt has offered a model of determination and fortitude in the face of Apartheid, widespread apathy and other steep challenges for over three decades.

Through his role in Pretoria-based Doxa Deo East, Platt took a bold approach to ministry during one of the most difficult times in South Africa’s history and turned it into an opportunity for inclusion and growth. Today, Doxa Deo serves 30,000 people in eleven different campuses functioning as one integrated church. Platt told his story at Movement Day Global Cities 2016.

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Russia Conference on Mission & Evangelism

December 5, 2017

Five hundred leaders gathered in Moscow on Wednesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 2 to catalyze the next generation of evangelism across Russia and the former Soviet states. Moscow is the second largest city in Europe at 15 million with 35,000 Protestants. St. Petersburg is the 4th largest European city.

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Russia Conference on Mission & Evangelism

December 5, 2017

Five hundred leaders gathered in Moscow on Wednesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 2 to catalyze the next generation of evangelism across Russia and the former Soviet states. Moscow is the second largest city in Europe at 15 million with 35,000 Protestants. St. Petersburg is the 4th largest European city.

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Movement Day Gatherings Report

October 26, 2017

1. Phoenix, Arizona

Movement Day Arizona was attended by 100 churches wrestling with a range of issues including foster care, underperforming schools, and church planting.

President Brian Mueller of Grand Canyon University described the impact they are having on their Hispanic neighborhood — incubating businesses, educating students, and neighborhood tutoring in a local high school. GCU was our host site, one of the fastest growing universities in the world.

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Rejoice in the Challenge of Spreading the Gospel Globally, Keller says

October 17, 2017

To achieve unity and combat secularism, we need to lower the walls between denominations and races, said Dr. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

While denominations are important, there is too much division among Christian churches along racial and ethnic lines, Keller told the audience at Movement Day Global Cities. His topic was “The future of global city gospel movements.”

“Right now there are seven-foot high walls between denominations and races,” he said. “They need to come down by about three feet, but you don’t’ want the richness of that diversity to go away. Every racial and ethnic group brings unique gifts delivered by God.”

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African Roadshow

October 3, 2017

During the week of September 25th the cities of Pretoria, Cape Town, and Durban hosted Movement Day Gatherings.  1,600 leaders attended including millennial led gatherings of prayer and worship in Durban. This was a very significant follow up to Movement Day Global Cities 2016 where South Africa had more participation than any other country in the world.  There is a very vibrant Christian movement in South Africa.

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Movement Day Must Stay Humble to Fight Poverty, Front-Line Leader Says

September 11, 2017

Jayakumar Christian believes that when battling extreme poverty, the church should begin with a “Theology of Anger,” not blind hope.

“The people of God in India are working to transform the 1.2 billion people, just like Jesus did, by taking our position among the poor,” the Partnership Leader, Faith & Development with Chennai-based World Vision India told his audience at last year’s Movement Day.

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Movement Day Hong Kong in 2018

September 6, 2017

RJ Holt, a new member of our Movement Day Expressions team, and I traveled to Hong Kong in August to meet the team planning the first Movement Day Expression in a Chinese City.

Hong Kong may be the most strategic Chinese city in the world given its freedom to host Christian leadership gatherings. China has perhaps the fastest growing church in history. It also has the greatest number of first generation Christians in church history. Almost every meeting we attended was represented by leaders of whom 75% were first generation Christians.

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Leading a Movement

July 31, 2017

This summer I was fortunate to attend a Pier family reunion. We had 60 of us across four generations. I saw a family tree dating back twelve generations to Amsterdam. I realized I wasn’t the first Pier to live in New York City.

My family grew up in rural South Dakota, twenty miles north of the Missouri River. I learned that this summer reading Audacious Courage that the Missouri River is the 8th longest river in the world.

Audacious Courage is a 480 page history of Lewis and Clark’s 30 month journey from St. Louis to the Pacific and back. There are 20 pages of footnotes and bibliography from author Stephen Ambrose. It takes intellectual rigor to capture the impact of a movement.

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Salvation and the City—Christianity Today’s Beaty Says The Church Needs to Honor Professional Women

July 28, 2017

She’s reluctant to say the title, but Katelyn Beaty, Editor at Large of Christianity Today, wants to transform the image of professional women from “Sex and the City” to something closer to the reality she sees in her life.

And in the process, she believes the church needs to take a more modern approach in the way it both serves the needs and optimizes the skills of working women. In rough terms—for pastors, if one of your congregation is a marketing executive or high-level accountant, asking her to make cookies for a bake sale probably isn’t the best way to acknowledge her achievements and resource her gifts.

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